Un­der 65kg team cleans up

Clutha Leader - - GOLDEN YEARS - MARY-JO TOHILL

The un­der 65kg South West Otago rugby team pulled-off an im­pres­sive win for their cor­ner of the prov­ince at the re­cent Otago Pri­mary Rugby weight grade tour­na­ment held at Molyneux Park, Alexan­dra.

It had been eight years since a south-west team had won this grade, coach Stephen Dent said.

They struck some good form at their first tour­na­ment on June 11 at Mil­ton, with a 26-21 win over Cen­tral Otago, and Metro Gold, 49-24. The sec­ond tour­na­ment in Dunedin on July 2 pro­duced a 52-19 win over Metro Blue, but a 24-31 loss to Cen­tral Otago. How­ever, at the Alexan­dra tour­na­ment on July 30, South West won con­vinc­ingly over Metro Gold 52-5, and Metro Blue 46-19.

The team was coached by Lau­rie Fer­gu­son and Stephen Dent and man­aged by Chris Stir­ling. Team mem­bers Kee­gan Fer­gu­son, Jack Blair, Lu­cas An­der­son, Jon-Dun­can McLeod and Ethan Stir­ling were also se­lected to rep­re­sent Otago un­der 65kg at up­com­ing tour­na­ments against other re­gions.

Pic­tured, back row, left, Josiah Good­win, Josh Dent, Jack Blair, Ethan Stir­ling, Con­nor Phillips, Isaac Her­bert, Zac Dono­van, Max McTav­ish, Ge­orge White and Greg Hamil­ton. Front row, left, Lu­cas An­der­son, Jon-Dun­can McLeod, Kee­gan Fer­gu­son, Ryan McCaughan, Cody Watt, Tama Wawatai, Miller McEl­rea, Isaac, and on ground, Nicholas Roy.

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